Porsche Carrera Cup Asia is back this weekend and for the first time in 2024, the series heads to Southeast Asia.

By Steven Walton

This weekend, the Chang International Circuit in Buriram, Thailand holds the third round of Porsche Carrera Cup Asia.

Both races take place on Saturday. Practice and qualifying happen on Friday.

Although the 24 Hours of Le Mans is also this weekend, both Buriram races will be completed before the famous endurance race begins.

Porsche Junior Alessandro Ghiretti, who leads the Carrera Cup Asia standings, will travel to France after racing at Buriram to watch the end of the 24 Hours of Le Mans from inside the Porsche Penske garage.

Ghiretti, who is also racing in this year’s Porsche Supercup, has dominated the 2024 Carrera Cup Asia season, winning three out of this year’s four races. He leads the championship with 97 points.

2022 Porsche Supercup Champion, Dylan Pereira, sits second in the overall standings with 75 points, just one point ahead of Carrera Cup Asia talent pool driver Mathys Jaubert.

In the Pro-Am standings, reigning Pro-Am champion Bao Jinlong has built a sizeable points lead thanks to four straight class wins.

The story is similar in the Am standings, as Eric Kwong has also picked up four class wins to start the year.

Although championship leader Ghiretti hails from France, he is no stranger to the Buriram track in Thailand. In 2018, Ghiretti won five out of six Formula 4 South East Asia races held at the track.

“I’m looking forward to heading back to Buriram and creating more memories,” he said.

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia manager Alexandre Imperatori said Buriram was a challenging event because of heat, humidity, and a tricky track layout.

“It’s an amazing spectacle to see the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (992) pushed to the limit around this brilliant venue.”

The Buriram races start at 10am local time (3am GMT) and 2.30pm local time (7.30pm) on Saturday.

Buriram is the first of two Carrera Cup Asia rounds in Thailand. The other round is at the temporary Bangsaen street circuit in Chonburi on July 5-7.

Header image credit: Porsche Carrera Cup Asia

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